With a thriving main street, dozens of churches, and a prosperous middle class, Wilkinsburg was once among Pittsburgh's most popular suburbs. But changing times, a failing economy and crime damaged the borough and its citizens. Wilkinsburg is among many local communities fighting to come back – but it faces unique challenges. Neighboring districts have refused to partner with Wilkinsburg’s troubled high school. A referendum to bring liquor licenses into the long-dry borough has passed, but has also raised concerns.
Original airdate: Nov 05, 2015
Braddock, Pennsylvania was once a vibrant steel town with a population of more than 20,000. Today, fewer than 2200 people live there. Enter a team of community leaders and investors determined to spark new life. As the borough struggles to rebound from unemployment, poverty, crime and the devastating loss of its hospital, there are signs of revitalization and hope. But who benefits from the rebirth? This program explores Braddock through the eyes of residents and those working hard for change.
Original airdate: Oct 29, 2015
Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh are growing. More young adults are moving into the city, attracted by low housing costs, arts, culture and a trendy food scene. The city tops national lists on livability. But despite the high rankings, Pittsburgh lags in diversity and air quality. And some critics worry that a trendier Pittsburgh will drive up the cost of living and displace people with lower incomes. This program spotlights the positives in communities including Lawrenceville, Manchester and Larimer, while exploring possible ramifications of the negatives.
Original airdate: Oct 22, 2015
WQED Multimedia honors Elsie Hilliard Hillman and her lasting legacy. Elsie was well known for her philanthropy, politics and her dedication to the city of Pittsburgh. During this one-hour special, several Pittsburghers share their favorite memories of Elsie Hillman.
Original airdate: Aug 05, 2015
At a time when the electorate is clearly divided, even angry, WQED's Michael Bartley brings you the story of a Pittsburgh political giant who spent 40 years working both sides of the political aisle. Michael brings viewers a candid interview with Elsie Hillman, and takes viewers to an exclusive University of Pittsburgh gala, where political leaders and celebrities lauded her voice of reason, compromise, and friendship.
Original airdate: Aug 04, 2015
What happens to students’ learning when the school year ends and the summer months roll around? This episode of WQED’s program about parenting in the digital age will showcase the innovations, techniques and activities that viewers can use to cultivate continued learning and growth throughout the summer. Host Darieth Chisolm welcomes Christine Cray, Annisha Jeffries, Emily Kirkpatrick, and Larry Smith as guests on “Summer Slide,” premiering Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. on WQED-TV to kick off the third season ofiQ: smartparent.
Original airdate: Jul 30, 2015
Host Chris Moore and a group of local experts gather for a conversation about the current issues facing African American males from a societal and legal perspective.
Original airdate: May 28, 2015
Though statistics and attitudes may show a slight narrowing of America’s racial divide, the highly-charged racial incidents in Missouri, New York and South Carolina tell another story. In the culmination of our three-year initiative, we talk not only with community and law enforcement leaders, but with the generation of young men whose lives are most affected – examining accomplishments and objectives that remain.
Original airdate: May 28, 2015
More United States troops have died from suicide than have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001. Of those who have survived, many have suffered physical and mental injuries. These wounds have left some unable to visualize where they fit in at home. Produced by Vietnam Veteran Chris Moore,Warriors: A Semper Fi Odyssey takes you to a Western Pennsylvania retreat where returning veterans can rebuild their confidence.
Original airdate: May 21, 2015
We celebrate 45 years of dance and history with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and travel back to the 50’s to do some duck pin bowling. We’ll also join the Bricolage Production Company for their 10th installment of Bricolage Urban Scrawl before meeting a young African American man who is looking to make his mark in the world of dance by starting his own dance company.
Original airdate: Apr 21, 2015